It's not easy being a Disney princess. You're expected to act a certain way, you might not have a mom and there's almost always someone evil trying to kill you. On top of all that, there's the competition to be the most admirable, beloved and popular animated heir to the throne.
But the beauty of Disney princesses is that they're all different, just like the children looking up to them. The princesses have stood up to their foes, cheated death and even kissed a few boys. They're really all winners in our book, but we've ranked them from awesome to super awesome.
She's the second Disney princess of all time and her struggle was definitely real, but compared to her counterparts she didn't have many challenges beyond a mean stepmom and chores. She also made some of us feel weird about our shoe size.
Aurora, "Sleeping Beauty"
Aurora followed the basic princess tenants of loving animals and sleeping in makeup but spent so much time unconscious that it was hard to get to know her. She did beat death and morning breath, though, which we give her mad princess props for.
Rapunzel made us all a little more comfortable with letting our hair down and being ourselves. Though she was initially seen as naive and starry-eyed, she never let that stop her from being her super-smart self. Long hair, don't care!
With a heart as fiery as her hair, you don't have to be a redhead to look up to Merida. This free spirit taught us that being a troublemaker isn't always a bad thing. She can't be tamed, and it's the coolest.
Jasmine is proof that being a princess doesn't have to make you spoiled, and being a girl doesn't make you a prize to be won. She stood up for herself and didn't let anything slide -- except for the magic carpet.
Ariel, "The Little Mermaid"
The original regal redhead, Ariel showed us the importance of wanting more. Her journey of finding her voice inspires all of us to do the same.
Belle, "Beauty and The Beast"
This beautiful bookworm never judged anything by its cover and caused us all to be more compassionate. We all feel like beasts sometimes, but that doesn't mean we have to treat each other that way.
Elsa gets major princess cred for capturing what it's like to be misunderstood and for teaching us that it's OK to be an outcast and embrace what makes you unique. Bonus: She gave us a great song to sing in the face of FOMO ("Let it go, let it go...") and made braids cool again.
Anna is a fun, feisty weirdo who brings out the little sister in all of us. She's basically the Ashlee Simpson (circa 2004) of Disney princesses and it's the best.
Tiana, "The Princess and the Frog"
Equal parts southern belle and boss, Tiana was the most ambitious and practical of all the Disney princesses. She was was never entitled but empowered to make things happen for herself instead of waiting. That's a lot more powerful than princess pride.
Snow White, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"
The OG of Disney princesses, Snow White was one with nature and never shied away from a healthy snack -- even when it almost killed her. On top of all that, she came back to life for a make out session. If that's not awesome, then what is?
Mulan was one of the best Disney princesses because she wasn't a princess at all. Girlfriend didn't need her hair, and she definitely didn't need a tiara. She was a hero, a legend and the best kind of non-royal to look up to.
Pocahontas taught us a lot of important lessons far beyond the colors of the wind. She is the realest princess historically speaking, and she showed us how to love and stand up one of the highest levels of authority -- our parents. More importantly, she's living proof that damsels aren't always in the ones in distress. Sometimes damsels are the ones saving the dudes (you're welcome, John Smith). That makes her our No. 1 pick.